Map Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a partner of Germany in the context of international cooperation. Germany was one of the first partner countries of Bangladesh when it gained independence. Today, the two countries can look back on more than 40 years of successful cooperation.

Bangladesh has achieved remarkable growth in recent decades and has now attained lower middle income country status. This was driven partly by a robust ready-made garments (RMG) sector, which accounts for 80 per cent of the country’s exports. However, improving labour and social standards in this sector and reducing corruption and overcrowding in prisons are future challenges. The country is also highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which is increasing the number of people migrating to towns and cities.

GIZ has around 265 national personnel, 30 seconded staff, four integrated experts and two development workers in Bangladesh.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other donors including the UK Government, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Energising Development (EnDev), GIZ has focused on the following priority areas in Bangladesh since 2014:

  • Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency
  • Good Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights
  • Adaptation to Climate Change in Urban Areas.

For example, GIZ is working with civil society and public and private sector stakeholders to develop strategies that will help people living in remote areas by improving access to safe and affordable drinking water, reducing indoor pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and making cooking safer.

Through the global Climate Finance Readiness Programme, GIZ is assisting the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in building a climate-resilient nation. It is also supporting the Government in implementing the country’s climate change strategy and action plan in a transparent manner using national and international funds.

In addition to the priority areas, GIZ is implementing projects which focus on health, biodiversity and disaster risk management. It has restored wetlands and established sanctuaries to protect people from extreme weather events and improved their living conditions.

GIZ also operates on behalf of other clients such as international and multinational corporations. To date, projects have focused on improving social and environmental standards as well as health and safety in garment factories, and on promoting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

In Bangladesh, GIZ is part of a regional programme that aims to improve compliance with labour and social standards in the Asian textile and garment sector and a global programme designed to strengthen the private sector’s capacity for climate change adaptation.

GIZ also cooperates with other organisations such as KfW Development Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). It is involved in a number of development partnerships with local and international companies.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ Office Dhaka
Country Director
Tobias Becker

Office address
GIZ Office Dhaka
Phone: +880 2 5505 1931-7
Fax: +880 2 5505 1938